Rohde & Schwarz and VIAVI jointly support the i14y Lab PlugFest and verify Analog Devices’ new O-RU design
The Joint European O-RAN and TIP PlugFest Fall 2022 was organized by i14y Lab, an industry consortium aiming at accelerating network disaggregation and Open RAN by building a European and German ecosystem of vendors and system integrators. It is supported by Deutsche Telekom and European Advanced Network Test Center (EANTC). Technology vendors like Analog Devices, Inc. had the opportunity to verify the conformance of their platforms with test and measurement (T&M) solutions from Rohde & Schwarz and VIAVI Solutions amongst others.
One successful scenario was the automated verification of an O-RAN Radio Unit (O-RU). Network disaggregation brings new challenges because it requires interoperability between network equipment from different vendors. The evolving O-RUs need to conform with both 3GPP and O-RAN standards. Fronthaul conformance tests, defined by the O-RAN ALLIANCE, ensure that the emerging O-RU designs are interoperable with the O-RAN distributed unit (O-DU).
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